Andy Carroll has told West Ham United chiefs he has no interest in a move back to Newcastle United this summer.
With the Magpies and the Hammers both in New Zealand for the Football United Tour, there had been suggestions talks between the clubs on the England international’s future had taken place – but this was played down in Auckland.
The Journal understands Carroll is keen to repay his faith in West Ham after they rescued him from his Liverpool nightmare after a £35million record breaking move went wrong.
Manager Sam Allardyce has plenty of faith in the big Geordie forward and has told him he can win his place back in the England squad.
He believes playing week-in, week-out in the capital is the best place for him to do exactly that.
United’s hopes of signing a striker have taken a big blow in recent days as Alexandre Lacazette indicated he was keen to stay at Lyon and another target, Loic Remy, signed for Liverpool.
Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a player Newcastle are keeping tabs on but they could face a fight if Jurgen Klopp agrees his release with a string of clubs around Europe also keen.
Queens Park Rangers sources say United would have had to pay more than the £8.5million escape clause that Liverpool triggered for Remy.
The price was believed to be much more substantial for any club which will rival QPR’s bid to stabilise in the Premier League and Newcastle fit into that category in the eyes of Tony Fernandes. However, Carroll - who is with West Ham in Auckland ahead of tomorrow’s game with Wellington Phoenix at Eden Park - is focused on staying at Upton Park.
West Ham’s co-owner David Gold said: “I have no reason to believe Andy Carroll is leaving.”
This has been backed up by captain Kevin Nolan, who feels his ex-striker partner Carroll is a key figure.
Nolan said in Auckland: “Last season we had injuries and it made it very difficult for me to build up a relationship with just one striker.
“There was a lot of chopping and changing because of the state of the injuries we had to put up with last year.”
Carroll himself also weighed in: “It is a very important pre-season for me after I had a very bad season last year with injuries. It’s important I stay fit and do everything right with the medical staff.”
United took on Sydney FC in Dunedin this morning in the first game of their New Zealand tour.
They played in temperatures of just three degrees but were protected by a roof at the Forsyth Barr Stadium.